This unit introduces the analysis and design of steel and steel-concrete composite structures. Topics include: wind loads, local buckling of thin steel plates, steel webs in shear and bearing, steel members under axial load and bending, steel connections, finite element analysis, plastic analysis of steel beams and frames, composite slabs, composite beams, and composite columns.

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NEC2201 - Introduction to Structural Engineering Design

NEC3203 - Structural Engineering Design 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compute wind loads and provide professional recommendations for implementation in a variety of conditions;  
  2. Design steel members under combined actions and steel connections;  
  3. Analyse frames and trusses using finite element software;  
  4. Use the plastic method to analyse steel beams and simple steel frames; and  
  5. Design composite slabs, composite beams and composite columns.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment 1 (Report maximum 35 A4 pages including design calculations and drawings) 20%
Assignment Assignment 2 (Report maximum 35 A4 pages including design calculations and drawings) 20%
Test Homework Problems 10%
Examination 3 hours restricted exam 50%
The assignments are undertaken by groups, and assess a student's ability to problem solve and interact in a team situation. The examination focuses upon the individual student's ability to demonstrate his or her in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline and apply established engineering methods to complex engineering problems, as defined in Engineers Australia competencies 1.3 and 2.1. As the examination is the one clear way by which these competencies can be assessed on an individual basis, a student must achieve a minimum mark of 40% in the examination and 50% in the overall unit assessment in order to pass the unit.

Required reading

Analysis and Design of Steel and Composite Structures,
Liang, Q. Q. (2014)
Boca Raton and London: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

RECOMMENDED READING: Patel, V. I., Liang, Q. Q. and Hadi, M. N. S. (2015). Nonlinear Analysis of Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular Columns, Germany: Scholar's Press. AS/NZS 1170.2 (2011). Australian/New Zealand Standard for Structural Design Actions, Part 2: Wind Actions, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand. AS 4100 (1998). Australian Standard for Steel Structures, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Standards Australia. AS 2327.1 (2003). Australian Standard for Composite Structures, Part 1: Simply Supported Beams, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Standards Australia.

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